War and the Everyday Life
War and the Everyday Life
War has both the positive impact and negative impact in almost every aspect of human society. The positive impacts are, for example, boosting nationalism or increased economic production and jobs creation as witnessed in United States during World War II whereas the negative impacts are, for example, collapse of economy and financial systems, devastation of land, urban centers, business and employment, loss of human lives and culture. All these impacts depend, to some extent, upon which side of the war your society is on. The society that bears the front of confrontation is severely affected as compared to the society with direct involvement in war but not at the front.
The real victim of war is the society itself. Whenever there is war, the whole society is affected be it economic, social, cultural or industrial aspects. Huge amount of money is spent to develop, acquire weapons, in logistics, to feed the soldiers and supply ammunition; Money that would have been spent on social programs, infrastructure or education (Harjo, 2007). The society is thus affected in the long run due to the large amount of money that war requires. In addition, during war, industries business and fundamental social amenities get destroyed. Hence war can cripple an economy and crash the financial systems.
The cost in human lives is so high. The casualties are soldiers, men, and the weak-women and children. In times of war, people with no combat skills are recruited and taken to the battle fields without being taught basic survival tactics. This results in heavy casualties and makes the soldiers lose morale. Soldiers return from war with mental disorders and illnesses. Family relationships are strained because of emotions such as hate, pain, grief, stress and family members find it hard to move on with their lives after war has ended. Children are worst affected with many suffering mental stress that will last a life time.
War destroys land, culture, cultural treasures, and natural resources, causes foreign policy to change and promotes violation of human rights. Warring factions always try to inflict damage on property of their opponents by destroying plantations, killing domestic animals, destroying food silos, poisoning water sources. Cultural treasures such as ancient fortresses have not been spared. Human rights are violated in the battle fields and its environs; people are not allowed to exercise their rights freely. The right to exercise human rights and freedoms is not guaranteed.
Harjo, J. (2007). When the world as we knew it ended. World Literature Today, 81(6), 34-35
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